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This Leaves a Bad Taste in Our Mouth: SLO Cancels Pollan Lecture

Posted By Jill Cowan On Oct 14, 2009 @ 8:01 pm In News,Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled

O NO THEY DIDN'TAfter a meaty donor threatened to withdraw [1] his support for an on-campus meat-processing plant (yeah, weird right?), Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo cancelled a lecture by Berkeley’s own foodie extraordinaire Michael Pollan [2]. Looks like the donor–the chairman of the Harris Ranch Beef Company–didn’t want young, fertile minds to be Pollan-ated with anti-agribusiness ideas.

Apparently, Cal Poly officials chewed it over for a bit and decided they didn’t want to look like complete ninnies without a shred of integrity, so they opted to “reformat the lecture into a panel discussion” which would (shockingly) include a meat-science expert. Genius, right?

Unfortunately for them, this idea didn’t sit well with Pollan, who says he’ll either lecture as scheduled or he won’t speak at all. Because, believe it or not, he actually values academic freedom. What gall!

Plus, everyone knows the best way to discredit someone who speaks out against your interests is to publicly attempt to deny them speech. Psh. Duh.

Image Source: kris247 [3] under Creative Commons
California agribusiness pressures school to nix Michael Pollan lecture [LA Times [1]], via The Ticker [4]


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[1] threatened to withdraw: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/10/california-agribusiness-pressures-school-to-nix-michael-pollan-speech.html

[2] Michael Pollan: http://www.dailycal.org/article/106913/pollan_brings_twinkies_wit_to_zellerbach_hall_

[3] kris247: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kris247/

[4] The Ticker: http://chronicle.com/blogPost/After-Planned-Lecture-Sticks/8458/

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